Monday, January 30, 2017

Bishops call Israeli occupation of West Bank, Gaza a ‘scandal’

Image result for Holy Land CoordinationAt the conclusion of a recent visit to the Holy Land, bishops from eight nations decried the situation in areas occupied by Israel following the Six Day War in 1967.

“For 50 years the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza have languished under occupation, violating the human dignity of both Palestinians and Israelis,” the bishops of the Holy Land Coordination said in a statement. “This is a scandal to which we must never become accustomed.”

“As bishops we implore Christians in our home countries to recognize our own responsibility for prayer, awareness and action,” they continued, as they called for nonviolent resistance, the promotion of the two-state solution, opposition to settlements in the West Bank, and humanitarian assistance for Gaza.